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4/22/2005
 
Holocaust Museum Houston Hosts Citywide Yom HaShoah Services
 

HOUSTON, TX (April 22, 2005) -- Holocaust Museum Houston will sponsor a citywide commemoration of Yom HaShoah on Wednesday, May 4, 2005 in remembrance of the 6 million Jewish people who died during the Nazi atrocities of the Holocaust during World War II.

Yom HaShoah is designated as the international Day of Holocaust Remembrance and will be observed in Houston beginning at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood, on Wednesday, May 4. The service is free and open to the public.

This year's theme, "The Long Wait for Freedom: Liberation from the Shoah, ties into the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and the liberation of the concentration camps.

Members of the Houston Cantorial Association will perform, and Holocaust survivors from the Houston area will participate in a commemorative candle-lighting ceremony.

Keynote speaker will be Col. Jerry Scott, a liberator of the camp at Dachau.

More than 300 Houston area school children are expected to attend as part of the museum's ongoing efforts to promote awareness of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop of the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of millions of Jews and other innocent victims. By fostering Holocaust remembrance, understanding and education, the Museum educates students as well as the general population about the uniqueness of that event and its ongoing lesson: that humankind must learn to live together in peace and harmony.

Yom HaShoah corresponds annually to the historical beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943. In 1951, the Israeli Knesset formally established the date as the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nisan. On the solar calendar, that date falls between late April and early May. Yom HaShoah is recognized around the world as a time to remember the victims of the Holocaust, many of whose date and place of death is still unknown.

This year's local commemoration is coordinated by the Yom HaShoah Steering Committee, chaired by Lea Weems and Pepi Joskowitz Nichols and sponsored by The Morgan Family Endowment Fund.

Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston's Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.

For more information on the 2005 Yom HaShoah service or Holocaust Museum Houston, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.

 
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Morgan Family Center
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004-6804
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Holocaust Museum Houston is a member of the Houston Museum District Association and is located in Houston's Museum District.

Holocaust Museum Houston is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums.

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The Museum is open to the public seven days a week.

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.


Effective April 15, 2014, admission rates for Holocaust Museum Houston will change. Please note the new rates:

Members FREE
Children under age 6 FREE
Students age 6-18 FREE
College-level with valid school ID FREE
Seniors age 65+ $8
Active-Duty Military $8
General Admission $12

Holocaust Museum Houston is free each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Memorial Day (May 26, 2014), D-Day (June 6, 2014), Kristallnacht (Nov. 9, 2014) and International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27, 2015).

The Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Library is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

The Museum is closed for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For other holiday hours, visit the "Events" tab on the Museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org.

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